Karen R Savage

Professional Voice Talent, Amateur Actor and Knitter

Month: April 2007

Aaarrrgghhh!

No, it’s not Talk Like a Pirate Day (that’s in September). It’s just finally sinking in that Once Upon a Mattress opens in eleven days! Eleven!! We still don’t have a full set or most of our large props, including the main one, the bed! But worse than that, we have yet to have a rehearsal with the full cast! Eeek!

Why do I do this to myself??

Why do I go to Walmart? I know what it’s like, especially on weekends! I know what it does to me. I know that I just end up grumpy after fighting the crowds of people who go there on the weekend. So, why do I put myself through it??? Ai!

Goin’ to the faire…

It’s time to start planning the yearly excursion to Scarborough Faire again! It’s not the same since Lauren moved to New York; in fact, we didn’t manage to get our schedules sorted in time last year and didn’t go at all! Not good. But this year we will go. We will!

Maranda and I both already have people we’re thinking of including in the group. I’ve already sounded Jana, and I need to remember to mention it to Sherry. I don’t know if MB is much of a faire goer, but I’ll ask her as well. I was thinking of asking Bobby as well, since he came with us the first year. We’ll see.

Fortunately, the faire runs a couple weekends beyond the end of Mattress, so we do have some dates available to us. Yay! I can’t wait!

In other news, I was told that Melissa hasn’t seen Music Man yet either!! So, we’re including her in our SKVE intervention night… when we get around to it. Darn the weather that forced us to put it off the first time!

What’s with the weather??

So last weekend we had thunderstorms and tornadoes go through, which, though normal enough for Tornado Alley, did seem to be a bit early in the season; and this weekend, we have snow! Snow in April, in Waco!?! It’s colder today than it was most days this past winter.

What’s weird is seeing the contrast between spring and winter: bluebonnets blanketed in snow; trees with their new growth of leaves covered in stark white; a carpet of white over the grass, except around trees where it’s a brilliant green.

These photos really don’t do it justice, but they were the best I could do at short notice (meaning, before the snow melted!).

 

Woo!

I just finished four Java programs in two hours! Talk about catching up on the homework!

I figured I should at least look at them, considering I’m going to be tutoring one of my classmates on these two chapters tomorrow. Good motivation to get the work done, I’ll tell you that much.

Now, if I could just find some motivation for recording the rest of Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare! I don’t remember them being this dull when I read them as a kid. Perhaps it’s because I’ve since been introduced to the full glory of Shakespeare’s works, and just can’t do with this cut down prose anymore.

And speaking of Shakespeare’s plays, I had an idea this afternoon when I was having lunch with Jana. We were talking about the upcoming season at the theatre and I mentioned how much I miss doing Shakespeare. She told me she’d done her best to get some into the new season, but without success, and then we moved on to talking about studio shows. And that’s when I got the idea to submit Twelfth Night as a studio show.

I must admit, part of the appeal is because, completely selfishly, I’d cast myself as Viola! 🙂

Jana has bagsed Malvolio. *lol*

Man, what a Friday!

It all started around quarter to nine when the power went out across most of campus. We could hear sirens of some sort going past fairly close, and there was a rumour flying that someone had knocked over a pole… but then we heard that the fire-engines and EMTs were over at the SLC… so who knows. They never did announce what had caused the problem (the PTB’s at BU aren’t terribly good with communication).

So, we just sat in the dark at the ref desk and chatted and listened to my radio (thank goodness the batteries which have been in there for the past… ooh… three years? at least! still worked!). Not that there was any relevant news on, so we just listened to the oldies station. For an hour and a half. In the dark.

As if that weren’t enough to make the day weird, just as I was getting my stuff together to go home (that would have been right around 4:30pm), the tornado sirens went off, and we were all ordered into the basement. I grumbled,  but I went.

There was a small group of us standing around grumbling by the door to the stairwell, when we saw one of the downstairs staff members heading out the door. E asked her why she was leaving, and she said they’d had a tv on in the back, and the tornado was down near Moody (south of our area, and way south of home, for me).

Well, that decided us; it was time for us to go home, and darned if we were going to stay for a tornado that was down in Moody! But we weren’t as brave as L, to leave through the front door, so we snuck round the back, and took the service stairs up to the first floor, and then started across to our building… but our unit leader was at the circulation desk! Darn it! So back into the stairwell and up to the second floor, then across the breezeway to our building and down and out our front door! Phew! Man, we should have been spies! We would have aced the covertness tests… except for the giggling.

Anyway, it took me about twenty minutes to get home (five minutes usually), because the freeway was clogged, and I decided to take a shortcut, which also ended up having fairly heavy traffic. But still, home safe, if a little damp. We may not have had any tornadoes in my area, but it was raining pretty good! The lawn between my building and the next was turning into a lake; the drainage ditch outside the complex had overflowed its banks, as had the Brazos; and my apartment windows got a good rinse, because at times, the water was falling horizontally (this despite the three foot overhang of the roof).

I kept the tv on the weather reports most of the evening, just to be certain, but all we got in my area was thunder, lightning and rain. And that was plenty, let me tell you.

Sadly, the bad weather meant that rehearsal got cancelled, and we also decided to reschedule our SKVE night/intervention. Just as well, I suppose. With so much water on the roads (even after the storm passed), it was safer not to be driving on them.

As if to mock the previous day, yesterday was gorgeous! And today’s shaping up to be more of the same. It’s like Nature had a hissy fit on Friday, then took a nap and woke up all sunshine and smiles.

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